America's Secret War against Bolshevism: U.S. Intervention by David S. Foglesong

By David S. Foglesong

From the Russian revolutions of 1917 to the top of the Civil struggle in 1920, Woodrow Wilson's management sought to oppose the Bolsheviks in various covert methods. Drawing on formerly unavailable American and Russian archival fabric, David Foglesong chronicles either side of this mystery struggle and divulges a brand new measurement to the 1st years of the U.S.-Soviet competition. Foglesong explores the evolution of Wilson's ambivalent attitudes towards socialism and revolution ahead of 1917 and analyzes the social and cultural origins of yankee anti-Bolshevism. limited via his espousal of the main of self-determination, by way of idealistic public sentiment, and by means of congressional regulations, Wilson needed to depend on secretive ways to impact the process the Russian Civil battle. The management supplied covert monetary and armed forces relief to anti-Bolshevik forces, verified clandestine undercover agent networks, hid the needs of restricted army expeditions to northern Russia and Siberia, and brought ostensibly humanitarian information to squaddies struggling with to overthrow the Soviet executive. In flip, the Soviets constructed and secretly funded a propaganda crusade within the usa designed to mobilize public competition to anti-Bolshevik task, advertise American-Soviet fiscal ties, and win diplomatic attractiveness from Washington.

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